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Size: 750ml.
Country: USA
Region: Oregon

WS 91 WA 91 IWC 90

Deep ruby color. The Sommers Reserve has brooding-deep strawberry aromas and higher notes of lavender and talc. On the palate it has a savory component that shows black licorice, mocha and Asian spices. All together the wine reminded me of the last time I checked into the ‘Mandarin Oriental’ in Miami. The wine has layer upon juicy layer of flavor with supple and silky textures that are very appealing. This wine will gain some complexity with short to mid-term cellaring. It would be enjoyable for dinner tonight with a variety of Pork and Poultry dishes that should foil its youthful exuberance.


"Firm, with gritty tannins around a gentle core of blackberry and black olive flavors, lingering modestly. Best from 2009 through 2012. 2,734 cases made. –HS" -Rated 91, Wine Spectator

"The 2006 Pinot Noir Sommer Reserve is a barrel selection. Medium ruby-colored, it exhibits a spicy, toasty, red fruit perfume. This leads to a rich, dense, red fruit-dominated wine with a silky palate feel and a persistent, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next five years. Continuity is the custom at Cristom Vineyards where the founder Paul Gerrie remains at the helm and the original winemaker, Steve Doerner still fashions world-class Pinot Noirs." -Rated 91, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

" Bright red. Fresh red berries, cherry, baking spices and underbrush on the nose. Minerality builds with air and carries onto the palate, which offers salty, light-bodied redcurrant and raspberry flavors. A silky, gently fruity wine that carries no extra weight or undue sweetness and finishes clean, with good sneaky length." -Rated 90, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar